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The Gentle Leader® Headcollar

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Why and How the Gentle Leader® Headcollar Works

First of all, the Gentle Leader® Headcollar is NOT a muzzle. When fitted properly, your dog is free to open his mouth to eat, drink, pant, fetch, bark and even bite - except when you close his mouth by pulling on the leash.

The Gentle Leader® Headcollar features two soft nylon straps - the collar portion fits high at the top of the neck, and the nose loop fits loosely and comfortably across the base of the muzzle. Each strap has a distinct and important effect.

The Nose Loop - Dogs are naturally "pack" animals with a highly structured social order. One of the ways the "pack leader" will demonstrate his position is to gently but firmly grasp a subordinate's muzzle in his mouth. This is a non-aggressive, very clear signal regarding who's the boss! The Gentle Leader®'s nose loop encircles your dog's muzzle in this same manner, letting him know in his own language that you are his leader. Dogs feel more secure when they know who the leader is.

The Neck Strap - Have you noticed how puppies seem to melt in relaxation when their mother picks them up at the back of the neck? Gentle Leader® applies pressure to the back of the neck rather than the front of the throat, working with your dog's natural relaxation instinct with an amazing calming effect. Also, dogs tend to pull against pressure so the gentle pressure at the back of the neck causes the dog to pull backward, not forward. This means an end to leash-pulling forever!

Teaches "Sit" - The Gentle Leader® Headcollar quickly encourages controlled sitting - raise your dog's nose skyward and he lowers his hindquarters - no pushing or shoving.

Stops Pulling & Lunging No more tug-of wars, jerking, or being dragged down the street - even children and the elderly can walk large or difficult dogs. Won't Choke Gentle Leader ® gives you control with humane restraint - pressure is applied at the back of the neck instead of the front of the throat.
Prevents Jumping Easily stop jumping and other unwanted behavior as the Gentle Leader® Headcollar helps you control your dog in a "stand", "sit" or "down" position. Not a Muzzle When fitted properly, your dog may open his mouth to eat, drink, pant, fetch and bark - except when you pull on the leash to close his mouth.
Controls Barking Stop unwanted barking with a simple pull of the lead to close your dog's mouth - no need to shout or scold. Aggression Problems Under the supervision of a professional trainer, veterinarian or behavior consultant, and when used appropriately, Gentle Leader® can be very effective for aggression problems.
Stops Begging Eliminate annoying behavior at meal time and helps the kids hang onto their snacks!

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